Hilliard Teen To Be Tried As Adult In School Shooting Plot

Sep 7, 2017

A judge has ordered a 17-year-old Hilliard boy tried as an adult on suspicion of plotting a school shooting.

John Staley III was arrested nearly a year ago after another student alerted school officials with concerns about the alleged plot at Hilliard Davidson High School in suburban Columbus.

No attack took place.

Franklin County Juvenile Court Judge Terri Jamison made the ruling Wednesday after reviewing case evidence including evaluations by two psychologists.

The judge determined the teen was not an appropriate candidate for treatment in the juvenile system, even though the psychologists said he was.

The boy's attorney says the teen was better off getting therapy and treatment available in the juvenile detention system.